The very afternoon I had abandoned hope and called for the moving van to load up our final left behind possessions, I received a call from our realtor. A woman had expressed interest in our place, but was just waiting until I cleared out the furniture ...
In short, '08 has been a busy, blessed year. A good portion of that blessing has come from KRFC, my new radio home in Fort Collins. While it hasn't been the Best Year Ever for new music, it feels great to be able to assemble my year-end lists once again.
Among other highlights, 2008 introduced us to the unique sound of Fleet Foxes, surprised us with promising new artists like Star Anna and Danielle Talamini, as well as stronger-than-expected offerings by stalwarts Ryan Adams and Drive-By Truckers. 2008 will be remembered for the ragged and soulful sound of the Felice Bros, and for Will Quinlan's passionate ode to an alt.country sound all but forgotten.
For today's show, I celebrated the depth of these collections by diving deeper to uncover a few less familiar tracks. I also threw in an extra tune or three from new releases.
Caldo Verde“Send In the Clowns” from The Finally LP on
20) Matt Bauer “Old Clothes” from Island Moved in the Storm on La Societe Expeditionnaire
19) The Derailers “Blood Of a Man” from Guaranteed to Satisfy on Palo Duro
“ ” from Sex and Gasoline on Work Song/Yep Roc
Steve Earle & Alison Moorer “Nothing But a Child” from To Kate: a Benefit on Western Beat
17) Fleet Foxes from Fleet Foxes
16) Hayes Carll “I Got a Gig” from on
“Red Blooms” from Carried to Dust on Quarterstick
“She Only Calls Me On Sundays” from Vagabonds on Ryko
13) Star Anna “Devil Don't Remember My Name” from Crooked Path on Malamute
12) Band of Heathens “Band of Heathens on BOH” from
11) Yarn “” from Empty Pockets on self
Raconteurs “Old Enough” from Old Enough CD single on Warner
10) Chuck Ragan “Heading Down” from Bristle Ridge on Ten Four
9) Danielle Talamini “Save Me” from The Road Rises on self
“Circles and X's” from Little Honey on Lost Highway
7) Kasey Chambers & “Devil's Inside My Head” from on Liberation
6) Ryan Adams “Natural Ghost” from Cardinology on Lost Highway
5) Will Quinlan & the Diviners “Thieving Life” from Navasota on Ironweed
4) Samantha Crain “Last Stanchion Goes Belly Up” from The Confiscation on Ramseur
3) Drive-by Truckers “Checkout Time In Vegas” from Brighter Than Creation's Dark on New West
“Frankie's Gun!” from Felice Brothers on Team Love
1) Alejandro Escovedo “Sister Lost Soul” from Real Animal on Back Porch/Capitol
Alejandro Escovedo “People (We're Only Gonna Live So Long)” from Real Animal on Back Porch/Capitol